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National Health Study Gains Local Participants as it Pushes for 1 Million

National Health Study Gains Local Participants as it Pushes for 1 Million

Eileen Stettner, pictured here at her Westwood home, is taking part in the All of Us national health study. The National Institutes of Health-funded study is looking to gather data from 1 million or more people living in the United States. (Michael M. Santiago/Post-Gazette)

A year after the local launch of the nationwide All of Us health study, researchers in the landmark precision-medicine collaboration have more than 140,000 participants signed up at over 22 active sites across the country.

In Western Pennsylvania, almost 16,000 adults have joined the study, reported Dr. Mylynda Massart, a family medicine physician with a special focus on genetics and one of the co-investigators of the All of Us Pennsylvania Research Program.

“We invite everyone to join us and contribute to the future of health,” Dr. Massart said.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, All of Us aims to recruit 1 million Americans and collect their health information, as well as details about their lifestyles, environment and biological makeup, including genes.